Children understand very well that in each woman, in each man, in each child, there is capacity of waking up, of understanding, and of loving. Many children have told me that they cannot show me anyone who does not have this capacity. Some people allow it to develop, and some do not, but everyone has it. This capacity of waking up, of being aware of what is going on in your feelings, in your body, in your perceptions, in the world, is called Buddha Nature, the capacity of understanding and loving. Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace. ~Thich Nhat Hanh from Being Peace
Heartening experiencing kids so troubled and disadvantaged turning it around from near-certain future of darkness: likely dropout, gang-initiated even incarceration, towards a real potential of lightness and much more ease. Despite the single mother’s best efforts she could not be a father to her troubled teen. Teacher’s offered their best effort among their other duties of being a social worker, conflict resolver and well, teaching. But having skilled role models offer guidance of ancient methods for finding the sunshine hidden behind the inner clouds. Letting the experienced ones then lead the younger, inexperienced. Radically shifting social, economic and environmental despair into calm breaths, less agitated minds and passing grades. Thank you to those who volunteer in classrooms during and after school to make the difference in children’s lives and give them hope.
Above is a clip of the young adults known as the Holistic Life Foundation describing how they have introduced yoga, meditation and mindfulness into inner Baltimore, MD schools. Filmed at the mindfulness in education conference this year. More about them and the conference at http://www.mindfuled.org .